It’s taken longer than all of the players involved have been alive, but it finally happened: The Brookings-Harbor High School boys soccer team beat North Bend on their home turf in a regular season match.
“I was told that it was the first time in 25 years,” BHHS Athletic Director Buell Gonzalez said. “The Bruins beat North Bend at North Bend. That is awesome.”
The Bruins claimed a 2-1 victory on goals scored by Wyatt Aldrich and Alan Anaya in a game that could have gone either way.
“We were ahead in the first half,” Head Coach Gabriel Anaya said. “Then the referees gave them a penalty kick that helped them tie it up.”
While Anaya refused to comment on the quality of the referees, parents who attended the game claimed that the referee’s calls seemed to be slanted in favor of the Bulldogs.
A second goal by the Bruins put them ahead for good as a second penalty kick by the Bulldogs sailed wide and the Bruins held on to win and make history.
“It feels great,” senior forward Alan Anaya said. “We’ve been talking about it for weeks – ever since they beat us – we wanted to beat them. It’s a really big achievement for all of us.”
According to Anaya it was a joyous bus ride home from North Bend for the team.
“We were happy,” he said. “It was awesome.”
According to Gabriel, the team played well.
“We were a little nervous when we started and so our passing wasn’t that accurate,” he said, “but we played pretty good.”